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4 Quick & Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks

4 Quick & Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks

As you learn Spanish, you'll come across rules that are important for writing. In this article by tutor Jason N. you'll learn all about Spanish accent marks and when to use them...   When I started learning Spanish back in 2008, I ignored accent marks when they appeared. I didn’t know what they meant and I didn’t know how to use them correctly. I guess I just assumed that my word processor would help me automatically place them when I typed in Spanish and that I didn’t need them … Read More

4 Quick & Simple Rules for Using Spanish Accent Marks
As you learn Spanish, you'll come across rules that are important for writing. In this article by tutor Jason N. you'll learn all about Spanish accent marks and when to use them...   When I started learning Spanish back in 2008, I ignored accent marks when they appeared. I didn’t know what they meant and I didn’t know how to use them correctly. I guess I just assumed that my word processor would help me automatically place them when I typed in Spanish and that I didn’t need them
French Grammar Rules: How to Conjugate Regular Verbs
Why do verbs in French change so much? Get clarification on the rules for conjugating the most common French verbs from French tutor Carol Beth L.... Verb conjugations are the bane of some French students who are not accustomed to the constantly changing verb endings in English. To be sure, we do conjugate our verbs. We add -ed for the past: "I look"  becomes "I looked." We add -s to in the singular third person: "I run," becomes "he runs." But often times, English verbs are a lit
Feeling Lost in Conversation? 3 Helpful Tips for Language Learners
Whether you're practicing conversational French, Spanish, or another language, chatting with a native speaker can be daunting. Here, language tutor Jinky B. shares some tips to keep in mind if you're feeling lost...   Congratulations, you have been taking language classes and diligently studying all that you have learned on your own time. Now you’re ready to go out and have a conversation with a native speaker. The conversation is going well and everything is flowing when you sudd
15 Fun-to-Say Japanese Onomatopoeias (with audio)
It’s time to make your Japanese vocabulary POP! In this article, Japanese teacher Yo’el E. will take you through 15 Japanese Onomatopoeias that are even more fun to say than they look…   What Are Onomatopoeias? An onomatopoeia is a word where meaning is derived from a sound, or when a word sounds like how it looks. In English, we have onomatopoeias like "cock-a-doodle-doo" for the sound a rooster makes, or "crunch" for the act of crushing things. Onomatopoeias are quite common i
5 French Speaking Countries You Can Visit Besides France
Ready to travel and kick your study of French into high gear? French tutor Jackie A. shares her suggestions for where to plan your next vacation... When you started learning French I'd bet your friends and family asked you “Why?!? You can't use that anywhere else besides France! When are you ever going to use that?!?” Well, I'm here to help you tell those not so blissfully ignorant loved ones just where you CAN use your French! 5. Canada As many Americans know, Quebec is the French spe

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